Every year during this season, I'll go from restaurants to restaurants just trying out these crustaceans, paying between SGD 60 - SGD 100 for each of these approx 250g hairy crabs (about the size of one's palm). If I'm lucky, like this trip to Ah Yat Abalone Restaurant, I get more than a teaspoon of these Chinese " Caviar ". Because I only feast on the roe, disposing the flesh, it's really painful to spent that amount for just a teaspoon of roe.
The crab is steamed & served with ginger & vinegar. If you go to a reputable restaurant, you'll be pampered as a skillful pair of hands will cut up & separate the parts for you. So you just sit & watch, waiting to savour the golden, creamy roe. Look at the amount of roe in this tiny crab. Lucky me! You'll start off tasting the roe first, then feast on the flesh. The crab meat are neatly lined out on a plate for me to indulge. But like I've mentioned, I only go for hairy crab roe & not meat. So I passed off this dish. I'm satisfied as I've got more than I've bargained for this time.
At the end of the meal, some restaurants eg. Lei Garden, will hand you a small amount of toothpaste for you to get rid of the smell on your hands. Others will just have a bowl of tea or water with lemon for cleaning hands.
As the Chinese believed that hairy crabs have a "cooling" (yin) effect on the body, a cup of complimentary ginger tea is normally served to counter the effect. The sweet & spicy tea is indeed a nice wrap-up to this sinful meal.Check out my other Hairy adventure @ 1-For-1 At Li Bai, Sheraton Towers!